50/50 Campaign 2012 until 50/50

The 50/50 campaign aims to promote the equal representation of women and men in all European institutions to put issues of women’s rights and gender equality high on the EU political agenda. The campaign is led by the European Women’s Lobby, and kindly supported by a Campaign Core Group of MEP’s Anneli Jäätteenmäki /ALDE, Ulrike Lunacek /Greens/EFA, Kartika Liotard/GUE-NGL, Sirpa Pietikäinen/EPP and Zita Gurmai/S&D.

  • What’s new in the European Commission in regards to parity in decision making?

    [Brussels, 29 April 2015] It is now a well-known fact that women represent more than half of the population of the European Union, but they are not represented equally in decision-making at all European levels. This current and lingering under-representation is a serious obstacle to the democratic legitimacy of the EU.
    However, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and its members are encouraged by positive developments in the European Commission this year that represent steps in the right (...) Read more

  • Pushing towards parity in European national elections— Vote for #womeninpolitics 2015!

    [Brussels, 26 March 2015]
    2015 is an important year for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and for the women’s rights movement globally. The European Women’s Lobby is celebrating 25 years of action for equality between women in men in all spheres: social, economic, and political. The international community is also celebrating and reflecting on the progress achieved in the 20 years following the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The (...) Read more

  • Follow-up of the 5050 campaign

    [Brussels, 16 September 2014] Here you find some reactions of international newspapers to the new Composition of the European Commission. El Pais speaks about a conservative Junker "El conservador Juncker crea una Comisión Europea más política" Urbania says in Europe we prefer men as decision makers “L’Europe se conjuge au mascule” Emma states "Frauen in der EU-Kommission: #NotEnough"
    These articles mention EWL’s disappointment and report the view of our Fundraising Coordinator and Policy (...) Read more

  • At last, a Commissioner for Gender Equality

    [Brussels, 12 September 2014] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the appointment of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality.
    Not only a title
    “Gender Equality” has been explicitly acknowledged in Ms Jourová’s title, which we believe to be a strong political statement. It was one of the EWL demands in our Manifesto for the European Parliamentary elections of May and we look very much forward to engage in dialogue with Ms Jourová on about how to ensure (...) Read more

  • Women hold up half the sky: No gender mirroring in Team Juncker

    [Brussels, 5 September 2014] Today future European Commission (EC) President Juncker published the full list of commissioner-candidates.
    While the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the fact that during the past weeks the number of proposed female Commissioners by the Member States increased from a shameful 4 to 9, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union still believes that a stagnation in the numbers of women Commissioner is unacceptable for women (...) Read more

  • The potential new European Commission: back to the future?

    [Brussels, 28 August 2014] The composition of the new European Commission is going to be confirmed at the meeting of the EU Heads of States this weekend. Almost all Member States have however already proposed their candidates for Commisioner and at the moment only 4 women have been designated out of 28. This means that not even 15% of the Commission would be women, less than half as many as in the outgoing Commission Barroso.
    For the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) the question arises: is this (...) Read more

  • No More Excuses. Gender Equality after the EU Elections – What’s next?

    The final conference of the EWL 50/50 and Parity Democracy for Europe Campaign: No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality!
    Hosted by MEP Ulrike Lunacek, with a video message from Gloria Steinem, American feminist, journalist, social and political activist.
    This event will address the outcomes of the 2014 European Parliament elections from a gender perspective and aims to evaluate the impact of the Parity Democracy and EWL 50/50 Campaign.
    Newly elected MEPs, governmental (...) Read more

  • Now or never- Parity in the top-positions of the European Union

    [Brussels, 30 June 2014] By the end of last week, the Council of Ministers finally decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. Following the democratic decision taken by the European voters, giving the majority to the European People’s Party, it was a necessary step. But having now nominated a man as the President of the Commission one of the most influential positions at the EU institutions, we urge the Member States to use the opportunity to establish (...) Read more

  • Europe’s small steps towards 50/50

    [Brussels, 4 June 2014] Europe’s small steps towards 50/50 Number of women in the European Parliament increases by 1,75%: at this pace it will take half a century until we reach gender parity
    One week after the European Parliament elections, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and its members has been analysing the election results with regards to the representation of elected women elected to the European Parliament. The percentage of women in the EP, the only directly elected institution of (...) Read more

  • Swedish Women’s Lobby to look at Swedish candidates for the European elections- who stands up for gender equality?

    [Brussels, 21 May 2014] The Swedish Women’s Lobby published yesterday a report on the voting behavior of current MEPs with regards to women’s rights. They furthermore asked the candidates what they are planning to do for women’s rights if elected in the upcoming elections.
    Please find the press release, including the link to the report, in Swedish here.
    If you don’t know yet for whom you should vote in these elections, the Lobby furthermore organises a debate with some of the candidates today (...) Read more


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